Western’s first doctoral program is in audiology

Four-year program helps meet the state's growing need for audiologists

Western’s first eight doctoral students began this fall in the university’s new clinical doctorate program in audiology.

The new four-year program, created to help meet the state’s growing need for audiologists, prepares entry-level professionals for the field.

The program is offered through Western’s well-regarded Communications Sciences and Disorders Department, which also runs the on-campus clinics in speech-language, hearing and aural rehabilitation, where undergraduates, graduate students in speech-language pathology, and now doctoral students in audiology gain a wealth of practicum experience. The clinic serves adults, adolescents, young children and infants.

After all coursework has been completed, the fourth year of the program consists of a clinical externship in a public school, specialized clinic, or hospital in the U.S. or Canada, all settings where newly minted audiologists may find themselves employed in the years to come.

Western’s first clinical doctoral students are expected to receive their Au.D. degrees in 2021.

Learn more at: chss.wwu.edu/csd.

Doctorates-to-be: The first cohort of Western’s first clinical doctoral program is expected to earn their Au.D. degrees in 2021.